Biography of Famous Atheist George Santayana

About the famous American-Spanish atheist George Santayana, history and information about the beliefs of the philosopher.


His Person: American-Spanish philosopher, critic, poet, teacher. Believed in a world of ideas, called "essences"--all that was, that is, that will be, and that never will be. Thought that religion was "a product of the imagination" and that knowledge is "faith in the unknowable." Brought up on fairy tales, romantic adventures of the past, and imbued with the ideals of Plato, Aristotle, and Spinoza. Was sympathetic to God believers: called the story of the Virgin Mary the "fairest flower of poesy," called Christianity "poetically true." Has been described as an "ancient poet writing a commentary on the modern world." Died in a convent in Rome. Wrote: The Last Puritan, The Life of Reason, Lucifer: A Theological Tragedy.

His Belief: "My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety toward the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests."

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